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Legal Empowerment Experiences from Latin America

Namati, Fundación Construir, TECHO Brasil, Themis - Gênero, Justiça e Direitos Humanos, Grupo de Monitoreo Independiente de El Salvador (GMIES), Julieta Marotta,

This publication leads the way toward a greater effort to generate robust knowledge about legal empowerment practices in Latin America, to promote a dialogue based on grassroots experiences, and to show evidence about how legal empowerment helps to foster access to justice. In the following pages, we offer five concrete experiences drawn from different countries in…

Legal Empowerment of Informal Workers Formalizing Street Vending as a Tool for Poverty Reduction

Ana Maria Vargas ,

Being poor, uneducated and unemployed can be a crime in many places in the world, particularly when you decide to sell food or other products in the streets. The penalties can be as high as six months in prison in countries like Egypt, and can include the confiscation of their goods or fines that have…

Experiencias de Empoderamiento Jurídico en América Latina

Namati, Fundación Construir, TECHO Brasil, Themis - Gênero, Justiça e Direitos Humanos, Grupo de Monitoreo Independiente de El Salvador (GMIES), Julieta Marotta,

Esta publicación abre camino hacia la generación de un conocimiento sólido sobre prácticas de empoderamiento jurídico en Latinoamérica, para promover un diálogo basado en experiencias comunitarias y mostrar evidencias sobre cómo el empoderamiento jurídico ayuda a promover el acceso a la justicia. En las siguientes páginas, ofrecemos cinco experiencias concretas extraídas de distintos países en…

Children’s Right to Early Education in the City of Buenos Aires: A Case Study on ACIJ’s Class Action

Fernando Basch,

Through a complex litigation strategy that involved freedom of information requests, budget analysis, and media dissemination, the Civil Association for Equality and Justice (Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia, or ACIJ) pressured the formerly reluctant government of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to acknowledge a legitimate unsatisfied claim related to school vacancies for initial-level education…

Declaração da Villa Inflamable pelo Acesso à Justiça para todas/os e pelo Empoderamento Jurídico

Latin America Legal Empowerment Network,

No marco do encontro latinoamericano de experiências em empoderamento jurídico, que se realizou em Buenos Aires, Argentina (de 19 a 24 de junho), as 24 organizações participantes decidimos criar a Rede Latinoamericana de Empoderamento Jurídico. Durante o encontro, discutiu-se e assinou-se a “Declaração da Villa Inflamable pelo Acesso à Justiça para todas/os e pelo Empoderamento…

Declaration of Villa Inflamable for Access to Justice & Legal Empowerment for All

Latin America Legal Empowerment Network,

The Latin American Learning Exchange on Legal Empowerment, which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina (June 19 to 14), included 24 organizations who decided to create a regional Latin American Legal Empowerment Network. During the meeting, the “Declaration of Villa Inflamable for Access to Justice & Legal Empowerment for All” was discussed and signed. The…

Declaración de Villa Inflamable por el Acceso a la Justicia para todas/os y el Empoderamiento Jurídico

Latin America Legal Empowerment Network,

En el marco del encuentro latinoamericano de experiencias en empoderamiento jurídico, que se realizó en Buenos Aires, Argentina (del 19 al 14 de junio), las 24 organizaciones participantes decidimos crear la Red Latinoamericana de Empoderamiento Jurídico. Durante el encuentro se discutió y firmó la “Declaración de Villa Inflamable por el Acceso a la Justicia para…

Member Spotlight: Inter-American Program of Judicial Facilitators

Namati,

The Inter-American Program of Judicial Facilitators (also known by its Spanish acronym IJFP) works to build access to justice for vulnerable women and indigenous communities who live in rural areas by establishing a program of judicial facilitators or paralegals, with national coverage, administered by the Justice Department and recognized by the judiciary. Network Spotlights are…

Influencing of Policy and Public Management Program: Impact Assessment Summary Report

Oxfam Great Britain, Kevin Murray Strategic Consulting,

The “Influencing Policy and Public Management Program” is a program through which Bolivia’s Fundación Jubileo (FJ) seeks to address the country’s continuing high levels of extreme poverty through improved public policy and public administration outcomes. This connection between improved public policy and administration outcomes and reductions in poverty rates is the fundamental assumption of FJ’s…

Using the Law – Territories of Life

LifeMosaic,

Territories of Life is a series of videos to shares stories of resistance, resilience and hope with communities on the frontline of the global rush for land. This video examines strategies for using national, regional and international law to fight against the takeover of indigenous lands. The 12-minute video looks at three legal cases in Indonesia, Tanzania and Paraguay using national,…

Struggles in Suriname: Learning from Namati’s Community Land Rights Database

Posted by Dorian Martinez in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources

In January 2016, a headline grabbed me. After several months of volunteering with Namati’s Community Land Rights CaseBase, I came across news of an important legal victory for indigenous land rights in Suriname, a country I knew virtually nothing about. I had been collecting case law concerning community and indigenous land rights from across Latin…

Videos on Community Land Protection

Posted by Rachael Knight in Community Land Protection, Namati News

Namati is thrilled to release four new videos that illustrate our approach to Community Land Protection. The first video is an overview of our approach, while the second and third videos describe the challenging work of making maps, resolving land conflicts, harmonizing boundaries with neighbors, drafting by-laws to ensure just and equitable governance, and electing diverse…

Call for New Partners: Community Land Protection

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Community Land Protection, Environment, Namati News

Namati is looking for new partners to adapt our approach to support communities in their regions. Drawing on five years of research and field-testing, Namati and our partners have designed a powerful four-step process for protecting community lands and natural resources. Our approach supports communities to map their resources, harmonize boundaries, and formally register their…

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